Agreed for the most part. I wouldn't say however that Luongo/Schneider is the least of our problems, it would be best if that was resolved before the season starts.
As for the one you call "diver", he can be that 2nd line C even if he never reaches 40 goals again. in 2010 he had 25G, 50A - 75pts, but now Samuelsson is gone and Raymond should be in the icecapades. Kesler needs somebody more suitable to play with, Raymond, Booth, or Higgins are not the right guys.
True, we dont have a legitimate 1D, but we have arguably several 3/4D and Edler who could be considered a 2D. I would take that any day over Chicago who have a 1/2 D pairing but nothing except plumbers after that.
Everything else looks accurate imo.
Usually, a top center makes their wings better. Wings seldom make their center better. There are some exceptions but there are many more examples of the aforementioned.
If Diver cannot make his wings better by passing and instead looking to shoot, it then nullifies the entire line's production; he's not adequate enough to be in what he believes is his rightful place; he belongs on the 3C position as the best 3C in the game, potentially making him legendary. Instead, he steuggles as a 2C.
Bring in a Thornton, Lecavalier, Marleau type of player and I assure you that Booth, Raymond, Kassian and/ or Higgins will instantly benefit from the center.
Concerning defense, in the playoffs, the intimidation factor of having a Weber, Chara, Doughty, Pronger, Niedermayer, Stevens type 1D for half a game far outweighs the intimidation factor that a bunch of equally good but less talented and durable 4Ds on the blue line can garner due to a lack of exposure.
A team's four lines will dread having to face a 1D for half a game and they will all eventually run into him at some point, with both top lines having to face him 90% of the game. A bunch of 4Ds can be easily matched by the opposition.
Edited by Sensemaker, 03 September 2012 - 12:02 PM.